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Old headshot of Madelyn (a.k.a. MGH) long familiar from the webWelcome to ADD-and-so-much-more

This is Madelyn Griffith-Haynie’s relatively new blog-site — three years old at the end of March 2014! Believe it or not, I’m still learning how to “drive” it – so bear with me!  Meanwhile, be sure to read the stuff in the sidebar if you want to know how the links work. (That’s the skinny column directly to your right)

THE GOOD STUFF is everything BEHIND THIS PAGE!!  The drop-down menus are at the top — pages first, posts by category immediately below.

  • Click and HOLD your mouse button for a moment and you’ll get to see more categories – then slide down (still holding) to whatever interests you, and sub-menus will appear.
  • Remember, these are categories — the articles are cross-filed so it’s pretty easy to find what you’re looking for.
  • If you are looking for a specific article and can recall the title (even a bit), use the search box (top right).

Also on the right sidebar is a long list of the titles of the latest posts – newest on top. Even though the older ones eventually get pushed off the list, they’re still on the site. Find them by searching by title, using the top menu-bars by category, OR by clicking my hand-made Site Map that has both.

Whatever is at the TOP of this page will always link to
something special or something that is
Everything else is here for you whenever you have time to read and reflect
(over four hundred thousand words of premium content at the 2-year mark
with another two hundred thousand by the end of year three
and still much more to share – in hundreds of articles on dozens of topics)
– information you won’t find ANYWHERE else –
costing you nothing but the time to read it.

Before you take off to explore . . . Please take a moment to read about this site and what’s here.

FIRST OF ALL, everything you’ll find on ADD-and-so-much-more is designed to help you drive your very own, unique and brilliant ADD Brain! (Or to help your non-ADD loved ones understand and appreciate you)

I designed the site to be attentionally-friendly — you won’t find anything that blinks, moves, jumps out at you, or pulls focus when you’re trying to stay tracked on something else.  Even the dark grey links don’t jump out at you until you mouse over them.  Neat, huh?

By the way, the site itself may be relatively new, but I’ve been around since the dawn of coaching. You can trust the information you find here - I’ve been working with (and researching) ADD for over twenty years.

In fact, I am one of the cofounders of the ADD Coaching field, and the creator who developed the world’s FIRST ADD-specific Coach Training curriculum — the only one for many years. I pioneered Brain-based Coaching.

Some of you may know me from The ADD Professionals List, The Optimal Functioning Institute,™,™  the founder & host of the original ADD-ICF and CoachU’s ADD-SIG, or as the sponsor and host of The ADD Hours.™

I am the second graduate of the world’s first [non-ADD] Coach Training, a founding member of ICF and among the first group to be awarded its highest certification [MCC], a founding board member of IAAC, the certification body for ADD Coaches, and one of the first to be awarded it’s highest certification [SCAC] — and a whole bunch of other firsts. (If you’re really interested, CLICK HERE for my bio – if you’d rather read something more amusing, CLICK HERE for my “Hello World” post)

I’m also the ADD Poster Girl

Be SURE to read the Alphabet City post to understand who this blog is intended to help: anyone with an Executive Functioning Disorder, or attentional spectrum “glitches” impacting intentionality.

There is a long list of brain-based disorders that are accompanied by difficulties with the volitional regulation of many of the processes of higher-order cognitive control.

A great many of them are referred to by acronyms, officially or by nickname – OCD, ODD, SPD, ASD, PDA, PDD, MDD, MS, TBI, ABI, EFD, PTSD, etc. – alphabet disorders!

So what IS this site? is a place for me to let you know about new ADD opportunities and to post all kinds of seemingly disconnected content – while I rework a more comprehensive website.

For years I have attempted to update my first site “live,” knowing that springing a total redo on a whole community struggling with focus would be more than disorienting.  I finally had to conclude that there was simply no way around it — and that it was going to take more time that ANYONE wanted it to take.

ADDers don’t rush well — the feeling of a gun in our backs shuts us down.  It is tough enough to focus on intended completions without having our attention directed elsewhere, especially by those “helpful reminders.”

And boy howdy am I one of the worst at rushing!!!  

So please don’t ask questions beginning with “When” or post comments beginning with anything like, “But I thought you said . . .” I have forced myself to make friends with the fact that it will simply take the time it takes, and that anything I need to post meanwhile can be done on this site in sort-of-a-blog format. (Help! Does anyone r-e-a-l-l-y understand WordPress quirks?)

Anyway, this site won’t pretend to be anything BUT a work-in-process.  Sorry, guys, it might change daily or it might take me a week to figure out how to post something I thought would be quick and easy.  It will be what it will be - but I think you’ll love the stuff you’ll find here.  

In addition to posting my own quirky take on a lot of things, I have a ton of ADD-related content I believe you will find helpful, the product of thousands of hours of research and reflection. We’ll eventually explore the entire Attentional Spectrum together, as well as the dynamics of focus, memory, motivation and follow-through.

Back to Business!

After a protracted hiatus for health reasons, I am a-l-m-o-s-t ready to begin to offer classes again – a few will be for coaches, but most will be designed to help ADD/EFDers and their loved ones.  (A few may even offer to share ADD Coaching Secrets with the world at large.)

I’m exploring the least administratively intense way to do it all, and when I have it figured out I’ll let you know how to access it from here, even once the new-and-improved website goes live.  

If you want to make sure you’re in the loop, give your name and email to the nice form in charge of blog-post notification.  

Don’t worry, I’m w-a-y too ADD to get it together to spread your email around the i-net, and too up-to-my-ears-in TO-DOs to fill up your in-box.

SERIOUSLY, your contacts couldn’t be safer, I promise!  NOBODY hates SPAM more than I do!!!  They won’t be sold, rented, loaned or even looked at by anyone who is not directly involved with keeping up and running or porting things to the new site – which, for right now, is mostly me.

What happened to

For those of you who want to take a trip down memory lane or need to access something you thought would live to a ripe old age in cyberspace, I decided to put the old site back up.  I wanted anyone interested to be able to jump over there and take a look.  (I was hoping that some of you would in the hopes that it might help make the site easier to find when the new version goes up, ’cause I’m pretty sure that SEO is not going to be my best friend!).

HOWEVER: Right before I left to speak at the ACO conference, ALL content and formatting on “disappeared” — for reasons I had NO time left to Sherlock.

I have decided to ride the horse in the direction it is going, and begin totally anew. Meanwhile, I’ve removed the link in the sidebar.

I have backups of the 25 years of content that was there and will repost what makes sense.  You may be able to find it entirely on the way-back machine (but don’t ask me how to locate THAT!)

No letter bombs, OK?

Be warned: what you see is what you get. The value of the content simply must be enough for now. Please don’t make me wrong for broken links, missing resources, typos or a disaster of a page structure that has grown beyond kludgy.  I don’t want to charge for this content, so I can’t hire staff.

THE SHEER FOLLY of attempting to respond to frustrated complaints-posing-as-requests as I edited the old with one hand while I created the new with the other, was part of my let’s-get-er-done! epiphany.

It can’t be done, my friends and foes, with one hand playing  one melody while the other is busily at work on another  — at least not by one who does a LOT more with her life than post “http://www.whatever’s_helpful” articles.

I am working “back stage” on the resurrection of the new version of; RIP to the old, and I won’t be announcing the new-and-improved until it until it’s ready for its close-up, Mr. DeMille!

I think I’m finally and forever DONE with attempting to please all of the people all of the time. I hope you find ADD-and-so-much-more enlightening, useful and entertaining none-the-less.

usually signing off with

Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, A.C.T., CMC, MCC, SCAC
A certified [Life] Coaching pioneer and ADD Coaching Field founder

Brain-based coaching & coach training for the CRAZY/Busy  

Site Map (of sorts!) — SiteLinks to Article Titles by categories

Master LinkList to lists of links to articles within specific categories HERE

© Madelyn Griffith-Haynie

DISCLAIMER: The aricles on this blogsite are provided for education, information and self-help. The ADD Coach and field founder who is the voice behind, and The Optimal Functioning Institute™ is not a medical doctor and does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or medical treatment (but, after 25 years in the ADD field, she has some pretty darned good info to share!)

Copyright Notice

All content on that is not specifically attributed to another has been created by Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, who reserves ALL rights to her materials, concepts, and language — even though the content on this site is publicly available freely and without fee, it has NOT been placed in the “public domain.”

Unless specifically stated otherwise, you are encouraged to copy
(for private use, to repost or to print to distribute) AS LONG AS:

  1. You leave me a comment, letting me know you grabbed it (which will link to you!)
  2. You copy the ENTIRE post and do not add or remove words or phrases
    (reformat or introduction OK — reblogs always OK – and appreciated!)
  3. You clearly identify the author in this manner:
    ©Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CMC, MCC, SCAC
  4. You identify the source: on all written materials; and/or a working link to the specific page you copied for all internet or email uses
  5. You do not charge a red cent for the content - and make it CLEAR that nobody else can use the content to line their pockets either!

11 Responses to New & Note-worthy

  1. Sang says:

    IGF1 Extreme Factor Deer. 2004.

  2. Karengob says:


    Where’ve you been keeping yourself? I’m Karen, 23 years old :) i’m having an anxiety attack… I have opened a new information portal about the symptoms and causes of anxiety, insomnia and depression Here are some of my thoughts – Take a medical-grade nutritional supplement to fill in any nutritional gaps. A daily supplement that includes necessary fatty acids is an important part of supporting natural neurotransmitter balance and general good health. Take our hormonal assessment (it’s free). It will help you understand if your anxiety is actually a symptom of perimenopause or menopause. Using progesterone cream or bioidentical HRT may be a useful way to rebalance your hormones and soothe your anxiety. ‘Since the downturn, we’ve seen increased calls for help': Anxiety UK’s Nicky Lidbetter. Nicky Lidbetter now runs two mental-health charities, yet still her life is impaired by the agoraphobia and panic attacks she first suffered as a student. “I’ve achieved within the constraints the disorder has placed on me,” she says. “But I continue to find it hard to travel. I live my life within a 50-mile radius. Anxiety UK is based in Manchester, but my parents live in Peterborough. The other day, I put my children – they’re 10 and 15 – on a train to visit their grandparents. It was horrendous. I wasn’t even getting on it, but I still had a strong emotional reaction. If I wanted to go and get them I wouldn’t be able to, and that’s awful really. Generalized Anxiety Disorder – What is it? Generalized anxiety disorder, or GAD, is a condition characterized by pervasive worry. It takes the form of undue distress about a variety of everyday things beyond the scope of more specific anxieties and phobias. In children the anxiety is often focused on performance in school or sports and may drive extreme studying or practicing. A key distinguishing factor in GAD is that the anxiety is focused not on exterior triggers like social interaction or contamination, but internally. These anxieties may make a child with GAD feel restless, fatigued, tense, or irritiable, and she may have trouble concentrating or sleeping. GAD rarely emerges before adolescence, and is more prevalent in girls than boys. The anxiety impacts a child’s quality of life and the ability to participate in social activities and school. A study conducted by researcher Joshua Broman-Fulks from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2004 tested whether exercise would reduce anxiety sensitivity. He found fifty-four college students with generalized anxiety disorder who had elevated anxiety sensitivity scores and who exercised less than once a week. He randomly divided his sedentary subjects into two groups, both of which were assigned six twenty-minute exercise sessions over two weeks. Both regimens tended to reduce anxiety sensitivity, but rigorous exercise worked more quickly and effectively. more u0026gt; The CBT taught her to challenge the voices in her head. “The thoughts I have… there’s a formula: you notice the same ones again and again. For instance, at work, the voice says I’m a loser, weird, bad at my job, that it was only thanks to luck that I got it at all. Someone would speak to me, and instead of listening to what they were saying, all I could think was: I need to get out of here or I’ll make a fool of myself.” Psychiatric Evaluations and Consultations. All individuals entering the clinic are initially seen by an evaluation team that consists of one or more psychiatric residents or child psychiatry fellows, together with and under the direct supervision of an attending psychiatrist. These evaluations are 90 minutes to 2 hours in length, and include a feedback session outlining the diagnostic impressions and treatment recommendations.  If the individual was referred by a community mental health provider or other clinician, the evaluation summary and treatment recommendations are sent back to the referring clinician.  If appropriate, the individual may choose to obtain ongoing treatment through the ADC. Alternatively, if the individual does not already have a mental health provider, we may also provide referrals to community providers with the relevant expertise. Please, comment my topic!


      I am approving this comment “as is” after only a quick scan, because I it looks like it may well be an important resource. It is highly unfortunate, however that you did not first READ the page under which you commented – not even the first paragraph, which directs you to the commenting “rules” in the sidebar.

      You have left a comment on a LANDING page – which is a notable spam tactic. When I am this busy, I usually use my “when in doubt” rule and DUMP comments that don’t follow site policy – those that aren’t auto-spammed already, that is.

      It seems as if you are eager to share your resources — but that really is not how it works in the legitimate blogging world.

      Reading the blogs you market will take more time than “dump and run” – but it will pay dividends in readership. Click around to locate a relevant post on the sites you visit. You will also be less likely to be deleted rather than approved – if sharing information is indeed your objective.

      It is also customary to “like” pages under which you comment – especially when comments are as long as yours.

      If I hear from you again, I will return to comment on the content. Since your site, at first glance, looks like a marketing site more than an information site, I cannot approve a live link without potentially opening the gates to more spammers. I have WAY too much on my plate to accommodate their narcissistic tactics.

      I have already spent time I do not have removing it before approval and educating you on how to increase your approval rates, which I hope you will agree is extremely generous of me.

      I am pressed for time today, so I must also return to add some “white space” between your one long paragraph in any case, to make it easier (in many cases POSSIBLE) to read for EFD-challenged readers – and I will make a determination at that time about leaving it up or deleting it. It’s up to you – and whether you are interested in dialogue – a two-way street.

      If you ARE a legitimate visitor, try to remember, when you comment, to leave the eye many “pauses” – or many who might be helped will bypass your comments because they *look* too difficult to wade through (why my posts are “chunked” – so that readers who read from rock to rock can get through them).

      Even I found reading your comment difficult, and my reading skills are excellent. Hope this helps.


  3. Madelyn: thought you may want to know: Circadian Sleep Disorders Network newsletter was bounced back, “address not found” (the address you registered with us), and directing my browser to gets “server not found”. So something is amiss, and I don’t know how else to reach you (your contact page has no relevant option and no room for a message).

    • God Bless Peter – and thanks. Things keep falling apart faster than I can get them back together – repair deficit redux — and NOW the web address I have had for 20 plus years?!!

      Obviously, I must now move THIS to the top of my list. Cross fingers that nothing else falls apart while I attend here. 2014 has been the worst. year. EVER.

      • Erich says:

        Glad you’re hanging in there, Madelyn – when your usual email went AWOL, I had the distressing notion you’d retired to a beach in St. Tropez! Obviously NOT so, yay for us.

        BTW, I swear the random avatar is (mostly) off-target.

        • Thanks. Did you accidentally delete my phone ## or am I not getting messages again? (as you know, I NEVER list it online).

          RETIRED? What means that word? I’m not sure the “woman who lunches” lifestyle would suit me much. In any case, it wouldn’t be a beach – melanoma survivor – sun verboten. (I’ve always been a mountain girl anyway!)

          Not sure what you mean by “random avatar” – mine, yours, or somebody else’s? My gravitar profile sets my avatar – are you saying something’s not working THERE? If so, maybe I will holler UNCLE and find a mountain retreat – so tired of spending day after day putting things BACK in place!

          Good to hear from you.

  4. Glen Hogard says:

    Great, as usual, Madelyn.

    • As always – THANKS, Glen! xx, mgh

  5. copsibriciess says:


    • YOU are welcome – link-spam is not. Please see comment rules on right sidebar.

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